R Ashwin may not be playing the ICC World Cup, but the premier offie believes India's ability to handle pressure makes them a stand-out team in the tournament.
On the sidelines of an event where Gen Next Cricket Institute announced its tie-up with Lalaji Memorial Omega International School, Kolapakkam, for their cricket coaching operations,R Ashwin said playing the IPL has made a world of difference for the Indian cricket team.
"IPL is a tournament where the players have to deal with extreme scrutiny day in day out. The Indian players learn to handle pressure way better than cricketers from other countrys and that becomes very important at crucial stages of the match," Ashwin said.
The spinner, who has 336 Test and 150 ODI wickets, feels things are going very well for the Indian Cricket team and there's probably no pressing need to make any changes.
"I am not part of the team but I feel stability is the most vital thing. If the team is doing good, there's no need for a change, unless there's an injury," Ashwin said, when asked whether Ravindra Jadeja should come into the mix going ahead.
The offie will be in England shortly to play County cricket for Nottinghamshire. The Indian team will be at the business end of their ICC World Cup campaign at that time, but Ashwin doesn't think there will be any feeling of "missing out". "I have been playing the game (for my club) and I don't think I have missed out on anything. Anybody would have liked to be part of the World Cup team, but I think I am in a great space game-wise and I have zero expectations about selection," Ashwin said.